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Still places on Fieldtrips in the coming weeks!  Join us!
Jun11

Still places on Fieldtrips in the coming weeks! Join us!

We still have some places on the fantastic fieldtrips that are coming up in July. Why not join us for fossil hunting along the Yorkshire Coast,  on the coast of Scotland near Fife or come along and explore the Jurassic coast in Dorset? All amazing adventures for all the family! Just go to the Events pages to book.

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Fossil hunting and geology on the Dorset Coast 29 July – 2 August
May23

Fossil hunting and geology on the Dorset Coast 29 July – 2 August

Come along to our annual residential fieldtrip on the wonderful coast of Dorset and Devon.  We will be spending five days exploring the exceptional geology of the area, hunting for fossils and walking in the steps of famous geologists from long ago!  We’ll be staying at the Leeson House Field Studies Centre near Swanage in Dorset. Rockwatchers will be joined by local experts who will take them on expeditions to explore the...

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Residential Fieldtrip to Fife in Scotland – 27 to 31 July 2019
May23

Residential Fieldtrip to Fife in Scotland – 27 to 31 July 2019

Fabulous fieldtrip to a beautiful part of the Scottish coast with Angus Miller.  Sedimentary and igneous rocks as well as giant millipede and eurypterid tracks and volcanic vents along with sandy beaches and rocky headlands.  An amazing opportunity for geological exploration!

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South Wales Weekend Fieldtrip – 13 and 14 July
May23

South Wales Weekend Fieldtrip – 13 and 14 July

We’re planning a fabulous weekend in South Wales exploring the area around Cardiff.  This annual weekend exploring South Wales has become a firm favourite.  Do join us!

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Yorkshire Coast Fieldtrip – Saturday 20 July
May23

Yorkshire Coast Fieldtrip – Saturday 20 July

Glorious Yorkshire!  Rockwatchers will be visiting the Yorkshire coast in July, to the SSSI at Skipsea Withlow to look at the Quaternary stratigrapy and the erosion of the Holderness coast.  Fabulous day out!  

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Derbyshire Weekend Fieldtrip – 11 and 12 May 2019
Mar08

Derbyshire Weekend Fieldtrip – 11 and 12 May 2019

A weekend of fossil and mineral hunting in the  Ashover area of Derbyshire and a visit to a disused quarry at the National Stone Centre.  A fabulous two days of geological exploration.  Book now!

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Annual Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – 29 July to 3 August 2019
Mar07

Annual Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – 29 July to 3 August 2019

Our annual Rockwatch exploration of the Dorset Coast.  A fabulous week of geological adventure and fun. Meet other Rockwatchers and their families as well as experts who will show you the geological wonders the area holds! Download the Booking...

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Fantastic fieldtrip to the Lapworth Museum
Feb25
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Festival of Geology 2018
Nov15

Festival of Geology 2018

Fabulous Festival with lots of young geologists!  Rocks, fossils, minerals, microscopes and Moon rocks – what more could you ask!  If you didn’t make it – put it in your diary for next year when it will be on Saturday November 2nd.  Make it a firm date!

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Rockstar Competition Winners!
Nov15

Rockstar Competition Winners!

Wonderful entries again this year and it was a great day at Anglo American for the presentations.  Thank you all for sending such superb entries and if you didn’t win – better luck next year!

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Wonderful Wales!  Great Rockwatch trip to Pembrokeshire!
Jul26

Wonderful Wales! Great Rockwatch trip to Pembrokeshire!

The tiny city of St David’s was the centre for an amazing trip to Pembrokeshire.  A weekend fieldtrip with lots of geology, old slate quarries and sunshine! Check out the Events and try and come along on a fieldtrip.  There’s a fabulous one to Cayton Bay in Yorkshire on 24th August!  Otherwise check the list and see if you can come to any.

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Fabulous fieldtrip to see the Ichthyosaurs in Street, Somerset
Feb20

Fabulous fieldtrip to see the Ichthyosaurs in Street, Somerset

Rockwatchers had a really fabulous time on a private tour of the Alfred Gillet Museum in Street, Somerset. The Museum houses some of the finest Ichthyosaur fossils in the country and we had the benefit of experts showing us around. Thank you to everyone involved! And if you missed the trip, look out for the next Events Leaflet coming out next month and make sure you book early.

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Rockwatch with the Ichthyosaurs in Somerset
Feb20

Rockwatch with the Ichthyosaurs in Somerset

A great time was had by all! Rockwatchers were introduced to the Ichthyosaur fossils at the Alfred Gillet Museum in Street, Somerset. Experts took them on a private tour to see some of the best Ichthyosaur fossils in the country!

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Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77
Nov20

Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77

Issue 77 Contents List: published November 2017 star-performers ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 STAR PERFORMERS STAR PERFORMERS Rockstar and Rockwriter competitions. ON THE TRAIL OF QUAKES Seismometer history. MODEL WAY TO SELL DINOSAURS Dinosaur miniatures auctioned off. UNLOCKING WENLOCK’S SILURIAN TREASURES Unlocking limestone fossils. LOOKING INTO THE LANDSCAPE Sketching to capture your surroundings. ENJOYING STREET...

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Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor – More reading for you!
Sep28

Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor – More reading for you!

For plate tectonics and the ocean floor, there’s lots of fascinating detail online. Try some of these start words; oceanic crust, oceanic trench, lithosphere, Moho, Glomar Challenger, joidesresolution, black smokers, Alfred Wegener, magnetic stripes. These sites will lead you onto lots of other locations – happy exploring. Also online, Metageologist provides lots of reading about metamorphic rocks and connected topics. If...

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Great fieldtrip to South Wales
Jun27

Great fieldtrip to South Wales

Wonderful weekend fieldtrip to South Wales – and the sun shone! Meilyr found a great dinosaur footprint!  A hand is a useful scale. Make sure you don’t miss out on future adventures – the new Rockwatch Events Leaflet is being worked on at the moment and will be landing on your door mat in about 10 days time.  Make sure you book quickly so that you don’t miss out on a trip you might like to go on!...

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Fabulous Fieldtrip to Lincolnshire
Jun08

Fabulous Fieldtrip to Lincolnshire

Rockwatchers with their finds! Rockwatchers had a great day out with geologists Paul Hildreth and Mick Oates.  They found chunks of satin spar – a type of gypsum which was one of the typical signs of the desert deposits investigated. See if you can come next time!  Just keep an eye on the Events Leaflet to make sure you don’t miss any of the upcoming fieldtrips!  

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Vital for fossil hunters!  New NHM Fossil Explorer app.
Jun01

Vital for fossil hunters! New NHM Fossil Explorer app.

The Natural History Museum has just released a new version of their Fossil Explorer app. So, now that the sunny weather is here, it’s time to go on a fossil hunt. Then you can get on the app and see what you’ve found.  It’s a field guide to common fossils in Britain. And when you’ve discovered what it is you’ve found don’t forget to let us at Rockwatch know. Just go to the NHM website to download...

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Don’t miss the Rockwatch Fieldtrip to Bracklesham on July 22
May18

Don’t miss the Rockwatch Fieldtrip to Bracklesham on July 22

Rockwatchers had such a great day fossil collecting in Bracklesham a few weks ago.  Wonderful fossils were found as you can see! And now you can have another opportunity to go there on July 22nd.  Hopefully you’ll need to bring sun screen! A great day out for the family!

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Fossil collecting fieldtrip at Bracklesham, West Sussex – Saturday 22nd July, 2017
Apr11

Fossil collecting fieldtrip at Bracklesham, West Sussex – Saturday 22nd July, 2017

Another great fossil hunting fieldtrip along the shore in Bracklesham, West Sussex.  Bracklesham is a great place to hunt for fossil shells and sharks’ teeth which are 45 million years old.  Experts will be on hand to help you ‘get your eye in’.  You should be able to boost your collections with lots of  Eocene age fossils! The picture is of our last fieldtrip to Bracklesham with a Rockwatcher holding  a perfect...

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‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History
Mar30

‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Fascinating ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit.  Briefed in the main hall then off to explore the areas the public don’t usually get to see.  Rockwatchers spoke to real palaeontologists and found out what work they do.  Inspiring!

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Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Mar07

Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford

From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries.  This exhibition in the Weston Library at the Bodleian has eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork charting how understanding of volcanoes has changed over the millennia. Some of the most spectacular volcanic activity is in the exhibition: the 79AD eruption of...

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Previous Rockstar Entry for Inspiration! William Smith map in Lego.
Feb23
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Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – Sunday 30 July to Thursday 3 August 2017
Feb14

Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – Sunday 30 July to Thursday 3 August 2017

Rockwatch will again be exploring the amazing Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset and East Devon.  This will be its 15th Residential trip there and it never ceases to be the most exciting event with new finds and places to explore every time. This year there is a slight change in the timings and the trip now runs from Sunday to Thursday. We will again be staying at Leeson House Field Studies Centre which has excellent facilities. ...

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